Mar
13

Presentation on Ice and Climate Change

When
March 13, 2020 - 7:00 PM
Where
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR
Sponsors
SWOCC Geology Lecture Series
Cost
Free

King tide swamps railroad tracks in Coos Bay, in what could become a common site if ice caps melt and sea level rises.\Photo by Robert More.

Eric Steig will present a lecture on “The Future of Ice: What We Do (and Don’t) Know About Climate Change in Polar Regions,” on Friday, March 13, 7 p.m., in the auditorium of the Hales Center for the Performing Arts at Southwestern Oregon Community College (1988 Newmark Ave.).  The talk is part of the college’s Geology Lecture Series.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Steig, a professor of earth and space sciences at the University of Washington, is a glaciologist and isotope geochemist who studies how the climate behaved in the past to learn what it can tell us both about the effects of climate change today, and how it will change in the future. He uses ice core records to study climate variability over thousands of years. He works on the geological history and dynamics of ice sheets, as well as on aspects of atmospheric chemistry, and develops novel laboratory research tools in isotope geochemistry. He is the founding co-director of ISOLAB, a state-of-the art isotope geochemistry facility involving research ranging from climate, atmospheric chemistry and neotectonics, to geobiology, aquatic science and fisheries. In addition to his research and teaching, he is committed to fostering greater public understanding of the effects of climate change, and is a founding member of RealClimate.org.